Low Back Pain
A recent study in Spine Journal revealed that the annual cost of low back pain was a staggering $90.7 billion in this country alone. While countless studies has shown the efficacy of chiropractic as a treatment for back pain, the Manga report done in Ontario demonstrated that: “(1) chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management for low back pain; (2) that spinal manipulation is less safe and effective when performed by non-chiropractic professionals; (3) that there is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management; (4) and that there would be highly significant cost savings if more management of LBP was transferred from medical physicians to chiropractors.” This week I would like to share a tip that can often be a complicating factor of low back pain for the men out there. When you sit, please take your wallet out of your back pocket. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this simple modification help resolve and prevent back pain from reoccurring. When you sit, you put about 12 times more pressure on your pelvic joints and sitting on a wallet on one side can throw you out of alignment. I always tell patients that sitting on a wallet is like driving your car with 18 inch tires on one side and 14 inch tires on the other – it will always throw you out of balance and create excessive wear-and-tear on your pelvic joints and lumbar spine and discs.